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Rongai Route 7 Days
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

Rongai Route 7 Days

On this Rongai Route 7 Days, Kilimanjaro Bound will avoid the crowded Marangu Route on Mount Kilimanjaro. We prefer to approach the mountain from the north by the lightly-used Rongai Route. The Rongai Route 7 Days starts just south of the Kenya / Tanzania border and  has been almost unused for many years because the area was considered “sensitive”.

Now open for climbing again, experienced guides consider this ascent route to be both easier and more beautiful than the main Marangu trail. The Rongai Route 7 Days begins in attractive farmland and delightful rain forests where you will have the possibility of seeing the amazing wildlife of Tanzania. On Rongai Route 7 Days we will pass through  several different climate zones which adds considerably more to the interest of your Kilimanjaro experience.

We also add two extra days to the standard five day itinerary to ensure maximum acclimatisation and give everyone the best possible chance of enjoying the magnificent scenery and reaching Uhuru Peak.

Recent National Park statistics indicate that the chance of reaching the summit increases by at least 30% if an extra day is spent acclimatising. The deviation to Mawenzi Tarn is very beautiful and on a little-used trail through moorland. This route retains a sense of un-spoilt wilderness and offers a different perspective on Kilimanjaro by approaching it from the North.

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After your life changing experience of climbing and reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro using Rongai Route 7 Days you will have the choice of booking an incredible Safari of the National Parks of Tanzania, checking out the culture with some of our short tours or taking a well earned rest on the island of Zanzibar.

Kilimanjaro Bound will take care of you and your party and organise everything you need for the trip of a lifetime.

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  • Only Northern approach to Kilimanjaro.
  • Offers a true wilderness experience on the early stages of the climb.
  • Very tough final summit night from the North.
  • Fewer acclimatisation opportunities.
  • Less scenic and flat than other routes.

Also known as the Nalemuru Route. Although the scenery is not as varied as the western routes, Rongai Route 7 Days makes up for this by passing through true wilderness areas for days before joining the Marangu Route at Kibo Camp. The Rongai Route is a moderately difficult route, and is highly recommended, especially for those with less backpacking experience. There are different options to complete the climb in 5, 6, or 7 days.

Itinerary For Rongai Route 7 Days

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport.

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you shall be transferred to your hotel in Moshi by a professional tour guide from Kilimanjaro Bound. 

When you are settled at the hotel or lodge, your tour guide shall brief you about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. You shall have a better grasp to know what to expect and how to fully prepare yourself for climbing Kilimanjaro via Rongai Route 7 Days.

Later, you will have time to relax, enjoy a wonderful dinner and take a deep sleep.

Day 2 of Rongai Route. Marangu National Park Gate To Moorland Zone Camp. (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude: 2600 m).

After completing the necessary registration formalities at Marangu National Park Gate, we transfer by Landrover to Rongai. The climb begins from the attractive wooden village of Nale Moru (1,950 m.) on a small path that winds through fields of maize and potatoes before entering pine forest.

The track then starts to climb consistently, but gently through attractive forest that shelters a variety of wildlife, including the beautiful Kilimanjaro Colobus Monkey. These monkeys are black with a long ‘cape’ of white hair and a flowing white tail. The forest begins to thin out and the first camp is at the edge of the moorland zone (2,600 m.) with extensive views over the Kenyan Plains. 

Day 3: Moorland Zone Camp to Second Cave. (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude: 3450 m).

This is only a morning walk up to the ‘Second Cave’ (3,450 m). The walk ascends steadily uphill with superb views of Kibo and the Eastern Ice Fields on the Crater Rim. The afternoon can be spent enjoying the view over the Kenyan Plains or doing a short acclimatisation walk up towards Third Cave. 

Day 4: Second Cave to Kikelelwa Camp. (Hiking Time: 4-5 hours / Altitude: 3600 m).

We now leave the main trail and strike out across the moorland on a smaller path towards the jagged peaks of Mawenzi. Our campsite is in a sheltered valley with giant Senecios near Kikelewa Caves (3600 m). Following a hot lunch there is time to wander in the valleys and see the special vegetation. 

Day 5: Kikelelwa Camp to Mawenzi Tarn. (Hiking Time: 3-4 hours / Altitude 4330 m).

A short but steep climb up grassy slopes is rewarded by superb all round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We leave vegetation behind shortly before reaching the next camp at Mawenzi Tarn (4330 m), spectacularly situated in a cirque directly beneath the towering spires of Mawenzi. The afternoon will be free to rest or explore the surrounding area as an aid to acclimatization. 

Day 6: Mawenzi Tarn to Kibo Campsite. (Hiking Time: 4-5 hours / Altitude: 4700 m).

We cross the Lunar Desert of the ‘Saddle’ between Mawenzi and Kibo to reach Kibo Campsite (4700 m) at the bottom of the Kibo Crater Wall. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the final ascent before a very early night in preparation for reaching Uhuru Peak, the summit of Kilimanjaro.

Day 7: Kibo Campsite to Uhuru Peak (5896 m) and return to Horombo   Camp. (Hiking Time: 11-15 hours / Altitude: 3720 m).

We will start the final, and by far the steepest and most demanding, part of the climb by torchlight around 1 am. We proceed very slowly in the darkness on a switchback trail through loose volcanic scree to reach the Crater Rim at Gillman’s Point (5685 m). We will rest here for a short time to enjoy the spectacular sunrise over Mawenzi. Those who are still feeling strong can make the three hour round trip to Uhuru Peak (5896 m), passing close to the spectacular glaciers and ice cliffs that still occupy most of the summit area.

The descent to Kibo (4700 m) is surprisingly fast and after some refreshment we continue the descent to reach our final campsite at Horombo (3720 m). 

Day 8: Horombo to Marangu Gate. (Hiking Time: 5-6 hours / Altitude: 1830 m).

A steady descent takes us down through moorland to Mandara Hut (2700m), the first stopping place at the Marangu Route. We then continue descending through lovely lush forest on a good path to the National Park Gate at Marangu (1830 m). 

After collecting your completion certificate you will be transferred back to Moshi to relax and enjoy a well earned rest and contemplate the incredible achievement you have made real.

Day 9: Drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Continue Your Adventure.

This is the last day of your Kilimanjaro Adventure. You shall be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport to mark the end of your experience. You always have the opportunity to extending your stay in Tanzania with Kilimanjaro Bound and experience the other wonders of Tanzania.

It will then be your choice whether you continue with your Tanzania experience or return home. Whichever you choose, the team at Kilimanjaro Bound will be here to take care of you for your entire trip to our beautiful and amazing land.

Important Information About
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Price Includes

  • Accommodations the night before and the night after the trek two nights in Moshi
  • Quality, waterproof, four-season private mountain sleeping tents
  • Professional, experienced, mountain guides
  • All Park fees
  • Entry fees, Rescue fees, camping fees or hut fees
  • All meals while on the Mountain
  • Arrival and Departure transfers
  • Guides, Porters, cook salaries and park fees
  • Quality Mess tents with table and chairs
  • Transport to the gate on starting day and after the trek
  • Clean, purified drinking water
  • Private, portable chemical flush toilets
  • Fair and ethical treatment of porters
  • Portable Summit Emergency Oxygen
  • Kilimanjaro National park certificate for successful summit attempt
  • Flying Doctor Service

Price Excludes

  • Tanzania Visa: $50 per person on arrival
  • Personal Expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone, beverages, etc.)
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional Tours (short safari before or after your climb, marangu village day tour, day trip to lake challa, etc)
  • Tips and any items of personal nature
  • Health requirements (Yellow Fever – only compulsory if you travel to Tanzania via a Yellow Fever infected country, Meningitis & Hepatitis A remains optional, but comes recommended)

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“Fantastic experience! Really well looked after by our porters and our guides Leonard and Aggrey.”


K Kelly

“On summit day, our guides ended up carrying our day bags and motivated us, to make sure we would make it. Can only recommend these guys!”


Annika Reeh

“Leonard and Aggrey were so knowledgable about everything, that they even made the walking feel easy!! It’s definitely safe to say I would have never reached the summit without the help of my team, I would recommend these guys to anyone, every day of the week.”


Jess A

“Aggrey & William are real professionals and heroes in guiding us to the top.”


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